BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics

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Are you interested in economics but also in other social sciences as well as philosophy? If you would like a solid grounding in economic science, but are equally interested in political science and philosophical approaches to understanding human behaviour, the BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) degree is an ideal choice to pursue your interests.

92% of economics students are satisfied with the BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, overall (KIS 2012).

Our PPE degree programme has a compulsory economics core, while also allowing you to study modules in the School of Political Social and International Studies, and the School of Philosophy during each of the three years of your degre…

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Are you interested in economics but also in other social sciences as well as philosophy? If you would like a solid grounding in economic science, but are equally interested in political science and philosophical approaches to understanding human behaviour, the BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) degree is an ideal choice to pursue your interests.

92% of economics students are satisfied with the BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, overall (KIS 2012).

Our PPE degree programme has a compulsory economics core, while also allowing you to study modules in the School of Political Social and International Studies, and the School of Philosophy during each of the three years of your degree.

The PPE programme is as demanding as our BSc Economics and other degrees. The benefits are correspondingly substantial, since you learn to analyse a given economic, political or social problem using not only economic tools and concepts but also those from political science and philosophy. This allows a multifaceted approach which can provide new insights compared to one based on only a single social science discipline.

Year 1

You will study introductory economics, politics and philosophy modules. The compulsory module in the School of Economics is Introductory Economics. Modules in the School of Philosophy: Philosophical Problems; Reasoning and Logic; Modern Reading in Philosophy; Great Books. Modules in the School of Political, Social and International Studies: Social and Political Theory; Introduction to Contemporary Politics.

Year 2

You will strengthen your understanding of the macro and micro economy, by deepening your learning of some issues encountered in the first year and by studying new areas. You will also be able to choose modules offered by the School of Political, Social and International Studies and the School of Philosophy. This gives you the interdisciplinary skills which are key to this degree.

Year 3

You will continue your interdisciplinary studies by choosing modules from each of the three Schools. This will promote your understanding of the social world, tracing philosophical assumptions and their implications for the study of economics and politics. The compulsory module in the School of Economics is Government, Welfare and Policy. Further modules will be chosen from a range of third-year modules from the School of Political, Social and International Studies and the School of Philosophy.

Graduates from the School of Economics have excellent career prospects.

Find out more about how Economics at UEA inspires ideas, creates careers and invests in you.

The information provided here is accurate for applicants for entry to Year 1 in 2013/14 or later. If you are a current student or will be a direct Year 2 entrant in 2013/14, please ensure to check the “What will I study?” tab for details on your course profile.


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Entry Requirements Qualification: BA (Hons) A Level: ABB excluding General Studies International Baccalaureate: 32 Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB (acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications) Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB Access Course: Pass with Distinction in 36 credits at level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at level 3 HND: Please contact the University for further information European Baccalaureate: 75% Entry Requirement

Candidates will be expected to have 3 A levels (see below for typical offer). Please note: We do not accept A level General Studies as one of these.

For students without A level Mathematics, we offer a modified version of the "Introductory Mathematics for Economists" module in the first semester of Year 1. There is a special non A level teaching track enabling students to start from a very basic level and learn the complete range of mathematical skills that are required later in the degree.

Candidates with equivalent qualifications to the A level requirement are encouraged to apply (eg International Baccalaureate; Access to Higher Education certificate). International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

Students should also have 5 GCSEs including English (grade C) and Mathematics (grade B).

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6. overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components.
  • PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

Sometimes applicants are requested to attend an interview prior to being offered a place on the course. These are normally quite informal and provide the interviewer with the opportunity to find out more about your current studies, your reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and the extra-curricular activities that you are involved in.

Special Entry Requirements

A level General Studies is not accepted.

Intakes

The course begins in September each year.

Approximate annual intake of students: 20.

GCSE Offer

Students should also have 5 GCSEs including English (grade C) and Mathematics (grade B).

Assessment

Key factors used to assess an application include:

  • Past and future achievement in examinations
  • Academic interest in the subject
  • Personal interests and extra-curricular activities
  • The reference

All applications are considered on their own individual merits.

Thank you for your interest in Economics at UEA. We are a research-inspired School known for its friendly and stimulating environment. We are committed to providing a first-rate academic experience where excellence in teaching goes hand in hand with internationally renowned research.

Economics at UEA has been ranked joint 4th for teaching and 3rd for support in the 2012 National Student Survey (NSS) with the BSc Economics achieving the highest overall satisfaction rating of any straight economics course in the UK. Our undergraduate courses use a variety of teaching formats including lectures, small group seminars, workshops and support sessions for core modules.

Success Indicators International Reputation
  • Our students have consistently ranked their student experience among the highest of Economics departments in the UK, and we are always in the top 10. Shanghai Jiao Tong University has again in 2012 ranked us in 8th position among UK universities for economics/business.
  • In the rankings of economics departments published at econphd.econwiki.com, UEA is ranked fifth in the world and first in the UK for ‘decision theory/experiments’.
Student Satisfaction
  • In our BSc Economics scheme 100% of students were satisfied with the quality of the course, 97% say staff have made the subject interesting, 100% say staff are good at explaining things, 97% students say the course is well organized and is running smoothly and, 97% say that resources are good enough for their needs (KIS, 2012)
  • "So far my university experience has been phenomenal...", 1st Place in What Uni? Student Choice Awards.
Research
  • The Centre for Competition Policy is at the forefront of policy debates in competition economics at the international level, with advisory links with the European Commission, the UK Office of Fair Trading and the UK Competition Commission
  • The most recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 found 65% of our research output was world leading or internationally excellent, with 95% in total being deemed of international standing.
How do we do it?
  • Excellence in Teaching: We supplement traditional teaching methods with practical sessions such as interactive workshops and classroom experiments. We have found that our excellent student satisfaction results are a result of the integrated teaching methods and variety of innovative assessment approaches.
  • Research-Inspired: We have internationally renowned researchers who have the experience to provide a practical angle to the academic rigour of Economics.
  • Collegiate Environment: Economics at UEA provides for a lively close knit community with friendly, approachable academic staff.
  • Tailored Support: The School prioritises pastoral care with all students allocated a Personal Adviser. Learning enhancement support is embedded within the delivery of our courses, ensuring that students receive as much support as they need.
  • Quality Control: Course quality is continuously monitored by obtaining written feedback from our students on each module they take. Each summer there is a thorough review of our teaching.
  • Module Choice: Economics at UEA provides a wide range of integrated contemporary modules, enabling students to explore the diverse analysis offered by economics.
  • Quality Resources: The University Library offers an excellent range of legal materials and electronic resources with a dedicated Social Sciences Faculty Librarian available to help you find the information you need.
  • Career Prospects: As well as the University careers service, Economics at UEA has a dedicated careers adviser. Engineered for employability, our programmes offer excellent opportunities.
  • Norwich- A Fine City: Voted one of the best small cities in the world (The Times Good University Guide). UEA was voted joint 3rd for 'Good Security' out of 113 Universities in the 'Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey' in 2011 and the University of East Anglia has been voted the safest University in England three years in a row.

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Come and Visit Us

Our Open Days will give you the opportunity to experience the University of East Anglia's unique campus atmosphere. The next Undergraduate Open Days will be held on Saturday 6th October 2012.

You will have the chance to attend subject-specific talks and presentations about student life and finance. You will also be able to talk directly to academics, admissions staff and current students giving you a first-hand impression of life at the University of East Anglia - check out the accommodation, learning resources, student support, and our sport and entertainment facilities.

In addition to the above we offer a Personal Visit option, available on specific Friday afternoons throughout the year. These include organised tours of the campus. We have also created a Virtual Open Day experience for you which we hope will help to provide you with an insight into life and study at the School of Economics.

Students who have been offered a place on one of our undergraduate programmes will be invited to attend one of our Visit Days.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Admissions Office (Economics)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 593711 or 591902
Email: eco.ug.admiss@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

UniStats Information Fees and Funding University Fees and Financial Support: UK/EU Students

Further information on fees and funding for 2012 can be found here

University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

The University of East Anglia will be charging International students £12,200 for all full-time School of Economics undergraduate programmes which start in 2012.

The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.


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